Entrepreneurship Without Borders

Course Objectives

This course aims to help students develop a broader and global perspective towards entrepreneurship and apply best practices in their local markets, by comparing startup cases from different countries (with particular examples from the US and China). The course analyzes how different social norms, government regulations, economic environment, corporate cultures and personal behaviors affect entrepreneurship. It also  discusses not only the rewards and “what-to-do’s” for entrepreneurs, but also the ”pains” and “what-not-to-do’s”.

From this course,students will:  

  • be able to understand the fundamental motivations of entrepreneurs in different cultures so as to uncover their own inner drive towards entrepreneurship 
  • have a comprehensive overview of a startup’s growth path and be prepared to manage potential risks effectively
  • identify venture investment sources and processes in different regions and be well-prepared when interacting with investors
  • depict the key areas for a startup, including market opportunity evaluation, Sales and Marketing planning and execution, product and/or service development, human resource management, etc. in an effort to help them  develop practical capabilities to grow a startup
  • examine the meaning of “leadership” through real-life startup scenarios in different countries and build a firm foundation toward becoming a strong entrepreneurial leader with global perspectives
  • be required  to form teams and develop business plans by leveraging cross-border knowledge and local market understanding

This course is intended for any student who is interested in entrepreneurship with a global perspective. Some basic knowledge in writing a business plan is helpful but not required.

Course Details

Programs: Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA
Discipline: Special Course
Course Level: Specialized Course
Special Features: None
Required/Elective Course: Elective Course
Number of Credits: 1.0
Report: Day 4
Hours Per Class: 3 hours
Class Capacity: 20

*Due to the characteristics of the course, application of the substitute class and leave of absence system is not available.

Theme/Reading Materials

Day 1
Session A
THEME Global Entrepreneurship - New Opportunities, New Challenges

The Global Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship Goes Global

Session B
THEME The "Human Side" of Entrepreneurship 
CASE Apple's Core
Day 2
Session A
THEME From an Idea in Europe to an IPO in the US

Zipcar: Refining the Business Model

How Fast Can This Thing Go, Anyway?

Session B
THEME Developing a Winning Global Business Model

Uber and Stakeholders: Managing a New Way of Riding

Where Uber is winning the world, and where it has lost

Day 3
Session A
THEME Innovations from China

Xiaomi: Designing an Ecosystem for the “Internet of Things”

Mindsets for thinking about innovation in - and competition from - China

Session B
THEME Going Global - Challenges and Opportunities in Practice

Xiaomi: Entering International Markets

The Chinese phone giant that beat Apple to Africa

Day 4
Session A
THEME Cross-border Business Plan Presentation
Session B
THEME Cross-border Business Plan Presentation


Alex Wang
Alex Wang
Dr. Wang currently serves as the Managing Partner of China Impact Ventures (CIV), an impact investment company focusing on supporting China-based early-stage startups in cleantech, mobility and smart agriculture. CIV also incubates enterprises that leverage China’s strong supply chain capabilities and innovative products to serve other developing markets (Africa, India, Southeast Asia, etc.).